Don’t need your winter fuel allowance? Donate it and help the vulnerable this winter

COLD COMFORT: Some pensioners can’t afford to heat their homes.

COLD COMFORT: Some pensioners can’t afford to heat their homes.

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DORSET Community Foundation is urging those who do not rely on their winter fuel allowance to donate it to the Surviving Winter Appeal.

The foundation says that the money could help an elderly person who is struggling to survive the winter, and that most cold weather-related deaths are preventable.

Vulnerable and elderly people just need to be given the right information and support to get them through the harsh winter months, says Tracy Melling, appeal manager.

She added: “Poorly insulated homes, fuel poverty and social isolation are a few of the many reasons why winter is a silent killer for many older people.

“With the recent flooding and cold weather, we hope that readers in the community will help us put a stop to these deaths by making a donation to the Appeal.”

The Surviving Winter Campaign is a countywide appeal led by the Dorset Community Foundation, a local charitable foundation which supports local causes across Dorset.

Tracy went on to say that fuel poverty and social isolation mean that, once the cold weather starts to bite, many elderly residents become trapped in their own homes.

A lot may find it difficult to get to the shops, meaning that they will run out of basic food quickly and, since the rise of domestic energy prices, many will not be able to afford the large fuel bills.

Room temperatures at 15 degrees puts an older person at risk of a heart attack, 12 degrees can trigger a stroke and, at nine degrees, there is a real possibility of dying from hypothermia.

Dorset Community Foundation says that they urgently need people to make a donation to provide warmth and comfort to the vulnerable and elderly in our community.

The foundation will then disperse the funds on an emergency basis through the Citizens’ Advice Bureaus, so those needing support should contact their local branch.

n To make a donation to the Surviving Winter Appeal, send a cheque made payable to Dorset Community Foundation, along with a note stating that it is for the Surviving Winter Appeal and whether you are a taxpayer, to: Dorset Community Foundation, 24 St Peters Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2LN.

Alternatively, call the foundation on 01202 292255 or go to Localgiving.com/charity/dorsetcommunityfoundation

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12:41pm Wed 22 Jan 14

skydriver says...

And how much would the people actually get, after your admin fees, I guess like a lot of these other charities, not as much as been donated.
I look at what these big charities spend on admin, such as first class air travel, good idea BUT !!!!
And how much would the people actually get, after your admin fees, I guess like a lot of these other charities, not as much as been donated. I look at what these big charities spend on admin, such as first class air travel, good idea BUT !!!! skydriver
  • Score: 12

1:32pm Wed 22 Jan 14

rayc says...

I guess many pensioners would be willing to give up their fuel allowance if they were not paying income tax on their state pensions. The rate of tax free income has barely risen for pensioners over the last decade. If the tax starting rate for everybody was anywhere in line with incomes then fuel allowance and bus passes would not be necessary.
I guess many pensioners would be willing to give up their fuel allowance if they were not paying income tax on their state pensions. The rate of tax free income has barely risen for pensioners over the last decade. If the tax starting rate for everybody was anywhere in line with incomes then fuel allowance and bus passes would not be necessary. rayc
  • Score: 6

7:36pm Wed 22 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Would it make any difference to contributors if We knew what the CEO of the charity was skimming off the top.
Would it make any difference to contributors if We knew what the CEO of the charity was skimming off the top. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

12:05am Thu 23 Jan 14

Jetwasher says...

If you know someone or in need help them out direct, don't give it to the appeal as said above they will take a chunk of it for themselves..
If you know someone or in need help them out direct, don't give it to the appeal as said above they will take a chunk of it for themselves.. Jetwasher
  • Score: 2

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